Rain, Rain, It’s Here to Stay: Indoor Playgrounds

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BallpitfadetextUPDATED: 12/2014

Welcome to the South Sound Indoor Playground Guide! We recommend calling ahead for current hours and specials for all of the spots listed below.


Even in the rainiest of weather, kids have energy to burn. Here are some options for running and jumping that don’t include puddles, some of these are even FREE at your local mall! You might also want to glimpse our Bouncy House Guide for additional options. Many of these locales offer birthday party packages and other special events like Parents’ Night Out.

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South King County

The Jungle Gym , Burien

Open Gym sessions Tuesday-Sunday at varying times, plus monthly date nights, camps, and parties.  All Open Gym sessions are 1 hour long; $8/child, adults and babies 6 months and under FREE.  Check our their Schedule page for more details.

Fred Meyer, Multiple Locations

Supervised kids’ play area for use while parents shop. Yes, you must remain in the store, and no, this is not your date night solution. On the other hand, if your shopping list consists of a People magazine and a pumpkin spice latte, I won’t tell! 

Family Fun Center, Tukwila

Open daily (opening/closing times depend on day), except for special closures for private parties. FFC has a variety of indoor play areas. For smaller children (under 58” tall) Kidopolis is a fun play area where youngsters can climb, crawl and explore; admission is $5.50, socks required. Value packages are also available if you want to use multiple attractions. Check out the FFC Specials page or your Entertainment Guide for coupons. FFC is also frequently featured on Groupon.

Southcenter Mall Play Area, Tukwila

Recently remodeled play area with a rainforest theme. Located near the JcPenney’s mall entrance and conveniently situated near lots of kid friendly stores and the awesome family lounge area. The Food Court also boast family friendly eating areas.  Open during mall hours. 

Smaland at Ikea, Renton

Shop while your potty trained kids play in the ball pit! Smaland accepts children up to 15 minutes prior to Smaland closing. Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-7:45PM, Sunday, 10:00AM-6:45PM.

Kent Commons Indoor Park, Kent

Indoor Park is a traditional outdoor playground brought inside the Kent Commons Gym! Play with toys, balls, and other playground equipment in a safe and dry environment. $2/visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9:30AM-11:00 AM.  Parent supervision required (max 3 children per adult).

The Metropolitan Gym, Kent

Gym facilities open to the public during select hours: Wednesday, Thursday,  & Friday from 2:00PM-4:00PM, or Saturday 12:00PM-2:00PM  for all ages.  $11/ 1 hour and $13/ 1-2 hours; $2 discount for members. 

Trampoline Nation, Federal Way

All ages fun on trampolines! Weekday open jump times begin at 4 PM, 10:30 AM on weekends. Check out their Hours page for more detailed info and special scheduling during school breaks. $11/first hour, $7/second hour. Sounds Fun Mom is proudly sponsored by Trampoline Nation! Tell them you heard it here first!

FWCC Come Play With Me, Federal Way

The Federal Way Community Center has an indoor play gym on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30AM-11:30 AM. Drop in and let your little ones jump in the inflatable bounce house and play with fun toys, while you enjoy free coffee, compliments of Poverty Bay. Parent participation is required.

The Commons Play Area, Federal Way

A FREE, brand new play space located just outside Macy’s. Open during mall hours, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-9:00PM, and Sunday, 11:00AM-6:00PM.

Auburn Gymnastics Center, Auburn

AGC offers Open Gym for almost everyone in their 18,000 square foot facility!  Open Gym every Friday, 7:30PM-9:30 PM, $10,  for school age kids and older! You can drop off your kids and have a fun evening to yourself! Tot Open Gym every Wednesday from 11:30AM-12:30PM, $5/child

Les Gove Park Indoor Park, Auburn 

Bring your kiddos (ages 5 and younger) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM for socialization and fun! Balls, games, mats, riding toys, climbing toys and more provided! $2/child per session, $1/additional child. Maximum of 3 children per caregiver. Parent supervision required.  Call ahead for holiday closures, periodic kids’ night out events, and other family fun!

Xtreme Bounce of Fun, Auburn

An indoor playground for babies and kids under 48″ at the Supermall. $10/day for the first child, $8/day additional children; opening times follow mall hours.  This is more than a playground where kids can swing around the moving Ball Tree, climb or hang on the electric powered Rolling Earth, chase dancing balloons, ride on Thomas the Train, slide into the ball pit,  jump in the inflatable combo slide and bouncer, and many more fun activities!

The Outlet Collection Play Area, Auburn

A northwest themed soft play area near the Sam’s Club entrance to the mall. There is also a carousel near the Food Court. While the play area is often swamped, the mall itself is never crowded and easier to navigate than the large malls. Open during mall hours. 

Peak Gymastics, Enumclaw

Play at their indoor facilities at various events throughout the week. On Wednesdays and Fridays from 12PM-2 PM, kids can play at the indoor park with parent supervision for $4/child.  Parents’ Night Out n Fridays from 7:30 PM-10:30 PM, drop off ages 5 and up for $10/child. Kids’ Night is every Saturday from 7:00PM-10:00PM , $10/child ages 3 through 5th grade.

Pierce County

Roach Gymnastics, Sumner

Open Play on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM, $7/child. Parent supervision required.

Indoor Playground, Sumner

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-11:30AM, $3/child, everything set up with kids ages 1-5 in mind! There is music and lots of toys for a fun and safe play session. Parent supervision required; maximum 3 children per caregiver. Space limited to first 35 children. Located at the Robert Miller Gymnasium.

Fife Community Center, Fife

Indoor Play Time & Art on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM, $2/child. Children enjoy small and large motor skill activities, art experiences, or group games. Planned activity every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Parent supervision required.

WiggleWorks, Puyallup

Award winning soft play and moving equipment for young children is featured at this indoor playground at the South Hill Mall. Open 10:00AM-9:00PM, Monday-Saturday; 11:00Am-6:00PM, Sunday. Admission is $10/chid, $8/siblings, 12 months and younger are free. There are lots of deals available for WiggleWorks, save with a multi-visit punch card, stopping in during Happy Hour, or getting a group rate with 5 or more friends. More details on specials, parties and events on their site.

Indoor Play Park, Puyallup

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 AM-11:30AM, $2/resident, $3/non-residents, $1/additional child, ages 5 and under. For the youngest of kiddos, Indoor Play Park has toys, tikes, climbing fun, and a chance to meet new friends! Adult supervision required.

South Hill Mall Play Area, Puyallup

Noah’s ark themed soft play area near Old Country Buffet 

Tacoma Mall Play Area, Tacoma

A “Kidgit” themed play area near the food court, open during mall hours. 

Odyssey One, Tacoma

Odyssey One has a large jungle gym soft play park for kids 10 years and younger, laser tag and an arcade! Admission is $5.95/ages 2 and up and $1.95/2 and under or free with a paying older child. Adults always free! Try to go early before the crowds and be sure to check your Entertainment Book for coupons.

Edgeworks Climbing, Tacoma

How about an indoor climbing facility? This is a great option for kiddos over age 6, but the facility offers climbing to anyone who wants to try it out!  Day passes are $12 for students with access to 10,000 feet of vertical climbing space, with padded floors. There is also a 2nd floor viewing are and lounge, complete with party facilities. If your kiddos are really into it, you can sign up for classes, too!

Climb Tacoma, Tacoma

$10 for a student day pass. They also host birthday parties for all ages!

UPlay Town Center at Frog & Kiwi Cafe, University Place-Tacoma

An awesome wooden structure and a nice variety of ride on toys and quality, creative play things. Get a latte in the cafe and watch your little ones play! Open daily, but closed on weekends during private parties. First child $6.99, additional child $4.99. On Tuesdays and Thursdays after 2 Pm, only $2/chid. Play pass for $50 for 10 admissions (to be used anytime). Check out their Facebook page before you go for hours.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Downtown Tacoma

A recently updated and renovated museum that includes a variety of play areas for children of various ages, including an art space, water play, and lots of imaginative play. Admission is pay-as-you-will. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10:00AM-5:00PM, closed Tuesdays, Members only on Mondays, 10:00AM-5:00PM. Check out their site for awesome kids programs and Parents’ Night Out.

STAR Center, Tacoma

An urban adventure play era with three different sections. Day passes are $5/child. Open daily with a variety of play times. Check out their site for current hours. Ages 6 months-3 years, parents must supervise their child and remain with them at all times. Ages 4-12 years, parent must remain either with their child in the playground or wait outside the playground, in the designated viewing area. Children must be 44″ tall to play on the Urban Adventure Course. To beat the crowds, avoid the Childwatch Hours which s a supervised childcare time fro members’ kids using the facility. While not a bargain, many SFM readers recommend a STAR center membership, which includes many perks. Fees are based on a sliding scale and there is also a military discount.

Tiny Tots Indoor Playground, Lakewood

Kids will delight in the opportunity to run, jump, climb and explore in this safe environment, while creating fun with oodles of toys and space. Parents supervision required, maximum of three children per adult. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30AM-11:00Am, $2/child. 

Discovery Village, Gig Harbor

Five play areas for children of all ages, including an indoor playground, Moon Sand Beach, The Village (imaginative play space for dramatic play), and Drawing Table. Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM, admission $8.50/12 months-12 years, $6.00/siblings, FREE for adults.

Kitsap County

Imagination Station, Port Orchard

Indoor playground and children’s classes. Open Mondays-Fridays, 12:00PM-3:00PM, admission is $7/child, $5/siblings; first responders and teachers $6/child, $4/siblings. Parent supervision required. Date nights, preschool, and other programs available; detailed information on their site.

Play Kitsap, Bremerton

14 different fun activities for kids, including bounce house, play kitchen area,  21 foot tall slide,  sports zone, play cars. Admission is good for the entire day! FREE/12 months and under and adults, $4/12-24 months, $8/24 months and up, $6/siblings, $1 off for active duty military. Open, Mondays, Tuesday, Fridays, 9:30AM-5:00PM, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30AM-7:00PM.

Thurston County

Charlie’s Safari, Lacey

22,000 square feet of indoor safari themed play, including a 2 story laser tag arena, huge arcade, play equipment and inflatables! Pride Rock Bounces for ages 5+, 3,000 square foot fully encased play structure, Big Game Hunt Lazer Tag (must be 4′ to play), Big Five Tykes Village (ages 1-4), and an arcade! Costs vary for each area from $6.95-$21.95. Check our their Pricing page for details. Open Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00AM-8:00Pm, Fridays, 11:00AM-9:00Pm, Sundays, 11:00AM-8:00PM. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for specials!

Black Hills Gymnastics, Lacey

Preschool Open Gym every Friday, 10:00AM-11:30AM, ages 6 and under, $7/child, $5 BHG students. Friday Night Open Gym every 1, 2, and 4th Friday of the month, 7:00PM-8:30PM, ages 6 and up, $7/child, $5/2nd child, $3/3rd child (siblings only).  Parents’ Night Out and a variety of other programs featured on their site.

Cabela’s, Lacey

There’s no play area here, but there is lots to look at in the 185,000 square foot showroom. Your kids can feed the fish and stare at all the museum quality animal displays, huge aquariums, and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats. There is also an old-fashioned shooting gallery. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00AM-9:00PM, Sunday, 9:00AM-7:00PM. 

Hands on Children’s Museum, Olympia

While not specifically a playground, this excellent museum offers multiple exhibit galleries for play and exploration. There is an arts studio, building area, forest, farmer’s market, water play area, and climbing structure. Geared toward children ages birth to 10. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sundays & Mondays, 11:00AM-5:00PM. Outdoor Discovery Center closes at dusk. Admission (ages 1+) $10.95, Seniors (62+) $8.95, Military with ID, $8.95.     Deals to the museum are featured on Groupon and Living Social, so keep your eyes peeled! Check out their awesome website for plenty of information for first time visitors.

Westfield Capital Mall, Olympia

An animal themed play area near JCPenney is open during mall hours.  Reader Crystina says this mall has a lot to offer for the family, “A foam play area for tots, a family restroom with 4 or 5 changing stations, a kiddie potty next to the adults, foam toys & a movie playing, and nursing stations with curtains, plus there is a Chuck E Cheese for your older kiddos!”

Alley Oop Gymnastics, Tumwater

Indoor Playground on Fridays, 10:00AM-11:30AM during the school year for ages 6 and under. On Saturdays, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Open Gym for ages 12 and under for $13/child. On Fridays. 7:30-9:30 PM, Open Gym for ages 12 and older, $13/child.


For more options, check the Bounce House List for a complete list of bounce houses/inflatable indoor play places in the South Sound. I also have a list of malls with soft play areas.  You’ll find both of those in the menu bar under, “Rainy Day Play!”


  1. Kelly Cadden says

    Why are the play areas open for such short hours? Many single parents
    and grandparents dont pick-up kids until after 12 noon. Also, my grandson
    can play on toys and slides for several hours. Seens like kind of a waste
    to operate a play area for only 90min. in the early morning.

    • admin says

      Hi, Kelly,

      I think most parks departments have programming in the early hours because they offer different activities at other times of day.
      Most of the other places I’ve listed do have some afternoon times. It never hurts to call and let them know what you’re interested in!

  2. Christine says

    The Federal Way Community Center also has an indoor playground.

    What to do when there’s nothing to do? Come
    check out the community center’s indoor play
    gym. Drop in and let your little ones (ages 10
    months to 5 years) interact with other children,
    jump in our inflatable bounce house, while
    you enjoy a cup of coffee. Coffee provided by
    Poverty Bay. Parent participation is required.
    Drop in fee is $3 per child. Hours are 9:30 –
    11:30am, Mondays and Fridays. Starting June
    15, Come Play With Me will be held on Fridays


    • admin says

      Thanks so much, Christine!

      I’ll get that added.

      I forget to check Federal Way a lot-I think because of that silly itallhappenshere thing….

  3. says

    hi! a friend recently sent me the link to your site and it’s lead us to lots of fun places so far! we recently moved from auburn to puyallup and wanted to tell you about two places we used to hang out! bounce it up 360 is a bounce house place in black diamond and the covington community center has an indoor playground too!! thanks again for this site! it’s really helped us get out and about since moving to a new town!

  4. Keeley says

    Thanks for all of your awesome info! I checked out peak gym today, and I would suggest that those with little ones check the local school schedules before they go there. I didn’t know there was a half day, and my 13 month old spent the whole time dodging 4th and 5th graders. Not exactly what I expected!

  5. says

    A new place in Olympia just opened last week called Piper’s Playground. We took our 4yr old and 1yr old and they had a blast. There was a cafe and tons of places to sit for the parents. We signed our daughter up for one of their classes too. I didn’t see it listed in the Thurston County area places and thought I would let you know. Thanks for all of the great info for parents on here.

  6. AMoore725 says

    I saw the comment above regarding “Bounce It Up 360″ and wanted to update you – there is the original location in Black Diamond/Maple Valley, and the brand-new location in Enumclaw. :) Info is on their website. :)

    Also, thank you for putting this list together! I will be marking it in my favorites!

  7. Nicole says

    Any evening or weekend fun activities for two full time working parents to do with small toddler age kids? Indoor playgrounds are great, but I’m working during most times they are open.

    • admin says

      Hey, Nicole,
      I post a big list of family activities for the weekend every Friday morning. There is definitely lots to do!
      For evening activities, it depends a bit on what area you’re talking about and what hours. Most of the parks department indoor playgrounds are only open during the day, but most private playgrounds, children’s museums, and bounce house places do have evening hours at least some days. My Kindermusik sponsor in the North End of Tacoma does evening classes, and there is a MOPS group on the South Hill that meets evenings. If you give me some more specifics, I’ll try to give you some other suggestions. Do come back Friday morning if you’re after Saturday happenings!

    • admin says

      Hi, Sheena! Do you visit the site on the weekends? I put up a Huge list of ideas every Friday morning! There’s one at the home page now! :)


    My 5 year old daughter and I love going to the Children’s Museum in Tacoma. The fee to get in is by donation, so basically whatever you feel you can afford. Way cool place!!! To many things to list!! We love going there on rainy days, any day actually. They even have date night programs. And many others.

  9. Katy says

    Hi, I was wondering if you have reviewed Piper’s Playground in Olympia/Tumwater area? We have not been there yet, but were thinking of adding it my MOPS summer play list….You have an awesome wealth of info, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for keeping us all in the know around the area here at Fort Lewis!

    • says

      Hey, Brittney, I have you guys included in my bounce house list! Thanks for stopping by, and drop me a line if you want to chat more about reaching out to my great readers. We love to bounce!

  10. Tili says

    Just a note: Smaland at ikea doesn’t let kids at least 4 and older into the ball pit (even if yours is the only kid there). I’m not sure what the cut off is, but my daughter was remarkably disappointed about this.

    • says

      Hi, Audra,
      We do have a list of malls with soft play areas under the rainy day play section. The Children’s Museum is also pay-as-you-will.
      I’ve thought about doing a round-up of area restaurants with play places. Most others do have a nominal charge. The community parks and rec center rates are quite inexpensive. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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